Our wheels

Jan joined our group last year and brings to it a lot of skill and experience. She is an alpaca breeder and so enjoys spinning her fleece . She has plenty of information and knowledge to share with us. We are a group which likes to spin alpaca fleece. Her wheel is a Ron Doley upright wheel. It is beautifully made and has been reliable. On Monday she was spinning some baby alpaca fleece from one of her male alpacas which had been shorn before it found its new home on New Year’s Day. Jan is very passionate about her farm and animals . One of her tips for spinning fleece is to mix it will wool for the sleeve and waist bands on jumpers so they don’t stretch.



Welcome, Joanne

Ron Doley wheel

Joanne arrived at the end of last year with a Ron Doley wheel which we got going during the session so she could see she had a good wheel which would work. Besides, there can never be enough yarn, so Joanne needed to start spinning right away. She took the wheel up to Ron Doley, of the Hills Spinners and Weavers Guild,  and he repaired it all beautifully.







Ron Doley wheel

This man has built some of the best wheels in Australia because they are so well made and so functional. He cares very much about the quality of his wheels and helps people to keep his wheels in good condition. Joanne could come back to us this week with her beautifully restored wheel and actually get some good spinning done. She was making a lovely strawberries and cream yarn so we are looking forward to seeing what she does with it.  If you belong to Facebook,  Joanne has put more of the story about her wheel on our public  Facebook Group page. You can see her first spun wool there and it  looks good.

spun wool

History in the making

130 year old spinning wheel restored by Ron DoleyMarina is pretty happy. Legend , Ron Doley got her 130 year old great grand mother’s spinning wheel going and it is spinning like a dream. Ron Doley is 97 and still works with wheels , carders and wool and has a complete passion for, and dedication to, spinning. He is featured in  Australian Spinning Wheels  and is a respected member of the Adelaide Hills Spinners and Weavers. Marina had thought about getting her great grandmother’s wheel restored months ago and then was worried that someone would just think it would make good firewood. Ron used his skills and knowledge to restore it to working order and great grandmother is probably spinning around heaven in delight to see her wheel going again. Marina is certainly happy and we look forward to seeing what she has been able to spin on it. .

Carder workshop

Ron demonstrating the carder

On Monday we welcomed Ron Doley  who has brought his new carder for Marina. He gave a very comprehensive demonstration on its capabilities.After we enjoyed a very delicious lunch provided by the members.

Ron Doley belongs to  the Adelaide Hills Spinners and Weavers Guild. Ron custom makes wheels and carders. he had made this carder for Marina in our group and we were pleased to be learning how it worked. Those who knew about carders really appreciated the choices Ron had made to build this carder. He was carding Marina’s dark and light alpaca fleeces and had included a fleece cleaner as part of the build. We all know how dirty your hands can get spinning alpaca fleece! Ron walked us through the various aspects of the carder carefully and methodically and then spent some social time with us which was nice.